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Half Past: May 28 - Martinnen, Milhaud & Tubin

May 28, 2017

Tauno Martinnen's Concerto Espagnole for Flutes & Orchestra

Darius Milhaud's Piano Trio

Eduard Tubin's Balalaika Concerto

The Lost Chord: May 28 – Orchestrated Maneuvers

May 28, 2017

On the eve of Memorial Day, get ready for two symphonies composed for the armed forces.  Morton Gould wrote his Symphony No. 4 for the United States Military Academy at West Point; Samuel Barber composed his Symphony No. 2 while serving in the U.S. Army Air Force.  Fall in with Ross Amico, this Sunday at 10 pm.

This is a chance to hear a rarely performed opera that despite its premise, deserves more performances. Based on a short story by Roald Dahl, the music for the one act opera A Question of Taste is by William Schumann. The plot is about a bet concerning the hand of Scofield's daughter Louise and whether she will marry the aristocrat Pratt or her true love Tom, even if he's from "the wrong side of the tracks." It's set in the New York society of 1910. The premise is bizarre, but this is not the first opera where the music justifies a weak plot.

  This week, we're delving into one of our favorite topics: American Musicals Performed in Foreign Languages. After we begin with "Schlittenfahrt," we'll turn to some other familiar songs sung in Dutch, German, French, Italian, and Japanese. Some of the shows included are BEAUTY AND THE BEAST, MAN OF LA MANCHA, THE DESERT SONG, SWEET CHARITY, GREASE, and FIDDLER ON THE ROOF and more.

It's a very special Sounds Choral this Sunday as host Marjorie Herman focuses on a work by conductor and composer Anthony Maglione and his magnificent setting of verses by Walt Whitman called The Mystic Trumpeter. Join Marjorie for this work and insightful conversation with the composer about how such a work comes to be.

This week on Well-Tempered Baroque, Dr. Lewis Baratz continues his discussion of musical depictions of the Orpheus Legend.  Excerpts of works by 17th-century Italian composers Antonio Sartorio, Stefano Landi, and Luigi Rossi.

Norwegian soprano saxophonist Jan Garbarek joins the Hilliard Ensemble for works that include two 14th Century Czech pieces and a selection by Christobal de Morales on this week's Distant Mirror.

Picture Perfect: May 26 - A Star for Jerry

May 26, 2017

On May 9, Jerry Goldsmith finally received his star on Hollywood’s Walk of Fame.  Goldsmith, the composer of over 200 film and television scores, died in 2004 at the age of 75.  Join Ross Amico for selections from four of Goldsmith’s classic scores, for “Patton,” “Chinatown,” “The Wind and the Lion,” and “Star Trek: The Motion Picture”.